CENDI Members


Department of Agriculture (USDA)

National Agricultural Library (NAL), Beltsville, MD

NAL is the principal U.S. source for food, agriculture, and natural resources information. The Library's expert staff, leadership in information services and technology applications, collection of over 3.5 million items in more than 75 languages, AGRICOLA bibliographic database of more than 4 million citations, and engagement with agricultural research and information organizations in other countries make it the world's foremost agricultural library. NAL maintains more than 30,000 Web pages and provides more than 40 million direct customer services each year.

Stan Kosecki (principal)
Deputy Director

(alternate TBD)

Department of Commerce (DOC)

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major challenge to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time - a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany, and other economic rivals. From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by NIST. Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies to the largest and most complex of human-made creations-from nanoscale devices so tiny that tens of thousands can fit on the end of a single human hair up to earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and global communication networks.

Robert Hanisch (principal)
Director of the Office of Data and Informatics (ODI)

Regina Avila (alternate)
Digital Services Librarian

Department of Commerce (DOC)

National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Springfield, VA

NTIS is the U.S. government's largest permanent central repository and primary public disseminator of government STI and related business information from multiple U.S. agencies and international sources. The collection includes 3 million technical reports, computer products, multimedia training materials, etc. NTIS provides access to this information through a wide range of products and services, including online vendor systems and the NTIS website. NTIS offers electronic downloading of full-text technical reports directly from its website or through a link to the originating agency's website.

Wayne Strickland (principal)
Manager, Program and Product Management

(alternate TBD)

Department of Defense (DoD)

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), Fort Belvoir, VA

DTIC collects, disseminates, and analyzes scientific and technical information to rapidly and reliably deliver knowledge that propels development of the next generation of warfighter capabilities. DTIC is the central repository for DoD's body of 4.6M scientific and technical records.

Christopher Thomas (principal)

Roberta Schoen (alternate)
Director of Operations

Department of Education (ED)

Institute of Education Sciences, Washington, DC

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) provides rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly. IES disseminates information through the National Library of Education (NLE) and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). The NLE is the central location for education information within the federal government and provides comprehensive reference service, electronic database search and retrieval, document delivery, and interlibrary loan. ERIC is a database of over 1.4 million records, which provides access to a wide range of education-related research, statistics, and evaluation materials consistent with scientifically valid research.

Erin Pollard (principal)
Associate Research Scientist, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences

(alternate TBD)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), Washington, DC, and Oak Ridge, TN

OSTI leads the Department's e-government initiatives for disseminating R&D results. OSTI performs this critical role by providing electronic access to worldwide energy STI both nationally and internationally. Access is provided through a set of cutting-edge, Web-based products for technical reports, scientific journals, and preprints - the three main STI sources. In addition, OSTI produces an inventory of R&D projects in progress across the Department.

Brian Hitson (principal)

Joanna Martin (alternate)
Information Program Specialist

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

National Library of Medicine (NLM), Bethesda, MD

NLM, the world's largest biomedical sciences library, has more than 6 million items. Its largest database, MEDLINE, contains 12 million references and abstracts to medical journal articles. MEDLINEplus is a Web-based service with extensive consumer health information. The Visible Human Project is one of many programs NLM supports to apply the benefits of modern technologies to medical research, education, and health care.

Joyce Backus (principal)
Associate Director for Library Operations

Dina Paltoo (alternate)
Assistant Director for Policy Development

Dianne Babski (alternate)
Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Science and Technology Directorate, Washington, DC

DHS S&T's mission is to strengthen America's security and resiliency by providing knowledge products and innovative technology solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise. OPERATIONALLY FOCUSED: S&T provides the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) with strategic and focused technology options and operational process enhancements. INNOVATION: S&T seeks innovative, systems-based solutions to complex homeland security problems. PARTNERSHIPS: S&T has the technical depth and reach to discover, adapt, and leverage technology solutions developed by federal agencies and laboratories; state, local, and tribal governments; universities; and the private sector - across the United States and internationally.

Stanley Cunningham (principal)
Office of Change Management

Deborah Keller (alternate)
Research Librarian

Department of Interior (DOI)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Reston, VA

The USGS provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change. Our scientists develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes.

Cate Canevari (principal)
Library Director

(alternate TBD)

Department of Transportation (DOT)

National Transportation Library (NTL), Washington, DC

DOT NTL's mission is to facilitate and improve timely access to transportation policy, research, operations, and technology transfer information. The NTL offers reference services, a 40,000-item digitalrepository and 100,000-item physical collection, and a web portal. NTL developed and maintains unique research tools including the Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) and TLCat, a group catalog in WorldCat for transportation libraries' physical and online collections. NTL networks with other transportation libraries, agencies, and organizations to increase access to information and expand opportunities for the professional development of transportation librarians. Networking activities include the Transportation Knowledge Networks and the Transportation Librarians Roundtable, a monthly web conference series.

Mary Moulton (principal)
Digital Librarian
National Transportation Library

(alternate TBD)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Office of Research and Development and Office of Environmental Information, Washington, DC

EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) advances Agency goals by providing sound science for environmental decision making. EPA's Office of Environmental Information (OEI) supports the Agency's mission to protect public health and the environment by integrating quality environmental information for informing decisions, improving management, documenting performance, and measuring success. ORD and OEI are developing strategies, architectures, and implementing systems to manage EPA's environmental science information, data, and tools.

Dr. Jerry Blancato (principal)
Acting Director, Office of Science Information Management

Dr. Lynne Petterson (alternate)
Information Management Manager
Office of Research and Development

Kevin Kirby (alternate)
Enterprise Architecture Team

Government Publishing Office (GPO)

Washington, DC

GPO is the Federal Government's official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through their Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov), partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and their secure online bookstore.

Cynthia Etkin (principal)
Senior Programming Specialist

Anthony D. Smith (alternate)
Chief - Projects and Systems

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Scientific and Technical Information Program, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

NASA has been dedicated to the advancement of aeronautics and aerospace science since its inception in 1958. The NASA STI Program provides access to NASA's STI output through various targeted databases, such as the STI database (the world's largest collection of aeronautical and aerospace information), the NASA Image eXchange (a metasearch engine that accesses NASA's imagery), and the NACA (National Advisory Committee of Aeronautics, NASA's predecessor organization) collection of technical reports.

Karen Fallon (principal)
STIPO Deputy Program Manager

Gerald Steeman (alternate)
IT Specialist (Content Management)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Arlington, VA

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the U.S. Government, established by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950. The Act established the NSF's mission: To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.The National Science Foundation initiates and supports grants of scientific and engineering research programs, and serves as a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and technical resources in the United States. The NSF is also a source of information for policy formulation by other Federal agencies.

Dr. Sylvia Spengler (principal)
CISE-IIS Program Director

Beth A. Plale (alternate)
Science Advisor for Public Access, CISE-IIS